Are vanity license plates government speech? Supreme Court to decide

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WASHINGTON (RNS) The cases present two issues that have come up repeatedly in lower courts: Do vanity plates speak for the government that issues them or the driver that displays them?

  • Larry

    ““the Confederate flag is a symbol of sacrifice, independence and Southern heritage.”

    Much like a Nazi flag is a symbol of sacrifice, independence and German Volk heritage. They are celebrating treason against the nation and upholding a right to keep human beings as chattel property.

    Sorry guys but the validity of that argument died in the early 1900’s when the KKK and other white supremacists decided that the Confederate Flag was the perfect symbol for their beliefs*.

    *The “General Lee” of the Dukes of Hazzard gets a pass because it featured virtually no people of color and its white characters were uniformly lacking in brain cells.

  • Earold D. Gunter

    Vanity says it all. Eliminate them completely. The government should not be in the business of assisting you in exercise your free speech rights, other than assuring you have them. If you want to exercise your free speech rights get a graphic on your vehicle, or simply buy a can of spray paint and get busy.

  • Ben In Oakland

    I have no problem with the vanity plates. But either have them or don’t have them. The Court had it exactly right.

    ““Issuing a ‘Choose Life’ specialty license plate while refusing to issue a pro-choice specialty plate constitutes blatant viewpoint discrimination squarely at odds with the First Amendment,” the court ruled. “Apparently, North Carolina wishes to celebrate only some interests of some of its citizens — namely, those with which it agrees. This it may not do.”

  • samuel Johnston

    I have a vanity plate, but I agree that the government should get out of this business of putting slogans, mottos, and political causes, on official license plates. It is an invitation to corruption.